(Beaver Dam) The ribbon was cut Tuesday on American Bank Park in downtown Beaver Dam. The location in the tower parking lot used to be the site of an old metal storage shed but has been transformed into a community space with picnic tables, trees, foliage and an Amish-built pergola, which is similar to a gazebo but without a solid roof. The effort was led by American Bank. President John Oathout says the park is their investment in downtown revitalization. The park features include 35-tons of stone pulled from farmland ten miles north of the city. Landscaper Matt Wieneke, whom Oathout calls a “land artist” designed and built the square over a period of six weeks. He says the limestone boulders were deposited in the region as glaciers melted and were hand-selected because they have a lot of character.
Watch our interview with landscape designer Matt Wieneke:
Watch the ribbon cutting ceremony here:
Pictured above left to right: John Oathout, Donna Outhout and Matt Wieneke